Although Rep. Jason Chaffetz is retiring from Congress early, he will be a political analysis contributor with his new job at Fox News starting July 1.
With his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives coming to a close on June 30, the Republican has decided not to go up for reelection but instead start with Fox’s daytime and prime-time programming.
Chaffetz was a father and business man for 16 years before entering the world of politics. After graduating with a B.A. in communications, he worked in public relations before owning his own communications firm. He dipped his toe in politics when he became the campaign manager for former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. before becoming his chief of staff when he was elected.
In 2007 he entered the race for the Republican nomination in Utah’s Third Congressional District and won, continuing to win the general election in four more times. Aside from being a congressman, he served as the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a member of the House Judiciary Committee and Homeland Security Committee.
Chaffetz maintains a Republican outlook on most issues, but was the first Republican member of Congress to rescind his endorsement of presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016.
Once he announced he would not go up for reelection, his coworkers said he was “gunning for” Fox and that they were not surprised. They also said he was “one of the most media-capable members in the House” because of his time spent on TV.
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